Composer: Jon Laukvik
Instrument: Trumpet and Organ
Duration: 8:30 min.
As some years ago the trumpeter Jan Fredrik Christiansen asked me if I would compose something for trumpet and organ, it was immediately clear to me that this would not be a festive piece, but rather something contemplative and mainly melancholic. Therefore: Lamento – song of grief.
Concerning the performance: The beginning should be played very freely. When the organ sets in, an atmosphere should develop as at the beginning of the Prelude to the third Act of Richard Wagner’s Tristan and Isolde. The organ sixteenths at the bottom of the second page as mist; at letter C the trumpet should enter as a ray of light. Here it is important that the two instruments do not play synchronously, rather like an improvisation. At letter F the rhythm should be very clear and stable. The quasi waltz at letter G should be played with a moment of humour. At letter K: almost impatient. In the last bar, d major should remain in the ears.
It is possible to perform the piece with a clarinet (in B flat) as solo instrument.
I thank Jan Fredrik Christiansen and Terje Winge warmly for their dedication to the piece. Warm thanks also to Thomas Ehn who produced the first printed version of the piece. His version is the basis for this edition.
Trumpet and Organ
About the composer +
Jon Laukvik was born in 1952 and received his earliest music training as organist and pianist in his native town Oslo. He went on to study organ at the University of Music in Cologne with Michael Schneider and harpsichord with Hugo Ruf. He also studied organ privately with Marie-Claire Alain in Paris.
From 1980 till 2016, he was professor at the University of Music and Performing Arts Stuttgart. Since 2001 he is also professor at the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo. He is also a visiting professor at the Royal Academy of Music, London.
Jon Laukvik has toured throughout Europe, Canada, Japan, Korea, Israel and the United States. He is frequently in demand to serve on competition juries and to teach seminars and masterclasses.
He is author of a highly successful organ tutor Historical Performance Practice in Organ Playing in three volumes, published by Carus-Verlag.
He has edited the Handel Organ Concerti Op. 7 for Carus-Verlag (together with Werner Jacob). A complete edition of the organ works of Louis Vierne in 13 volumes (edited together with David Sanger) was published by Carus-Verlag in 2008.
His compositions include works for solo organ, organ with other instruments (i.e. piano, percussion, trumpet, trombone, cello, horn) as well as vocal and instrumental works.
Front cover graphics: Sune Kliborg Lynge (Kliborg Design)
Printed in Copenhagen, Denmark
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Engraving: Johan Svitzer